Paid Research Opportunity!

Are you interested in advancing racial and social justice in STEM fields? Do you want to gain valuable research skills while also getting paid?

 If yes, come work for CERSE!

The Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at UW is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to assist in ongoing projects. CERSE conducts research and evaluation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. We are a highly collaborative team committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM education and careers. Find out more about the CERSE at

This paid research position ($15/hour) is 10–19 hours per week. Work hours are typically between 9:00AM–5:00PM, Monday through Friday, and are flexible depending on your class schedule. Approximately 90-95% of this position is work related to our evaluation and research projects, while the remaining portion is administrative duties. We would love for you to commit to work for us for more than one quarter.

Duties will include:

  • Data collection, data entry, and database management
    • Developing databases of publicly available data
    • Generating descriptive statistics of survey data
    • Conducting simple statistical analysis
    • Writing summaries of analytic results
    • Preparing materials for presentations
  • Office administration
    • Assisting with website updates
    • Managing the CERSE email account
  • Preparing administrative forms, ordering office supplies, and problem-solving for staff
  • Weekly meetings to train, debrief, and provide guidance

Experience Gained:

  • An in-depth understanding of how program evaluation and research is conducted.
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Skills in data analysis and visualization
  • Skills managing databases
  • Familiarity with efforts to broaden participation in STEM fields


  • Good attention to detail
  • Motivated
  • Some computer background (Word, Excel)
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at UW
  • Preferred: experience with website management (WordPress) and data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R)
  • We will train you on campus! 

Time commitment & Equipment

  • We hope that the student can work 10-19 hours per week.  We are flexible with those numbers.
  • The specific tasks and responsibilities will depend, in part, on the number of hours per week that the student is able to work, as well as the student’s schedule.
  • Regular meetings will take place with CERSE research staff to update on projects.
  • Work will be conducted primarily at the CERSE offices in Savery Hall.
  • CERSE will provide all needed equipment and training.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email Dr. Cara Margherio at with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your class standing
  3. Your resume; list any relevant coursework and/or research experience.
  4. A brief letter explaining why you’re interested in working with us.
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Interested in support for Autism Inclusion? Check out MOSSAIC

MOSSAIC (Mentoring, Organization and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus) offers a variety of programming for UW students with ASDs and related challenges.

Elements of the program include:

  • a weekly cohort-only seminar on navigating the collegiate experience, specifically designed for students with ASDs;
  • dedicated time and space for study alongside other MOSSAIC participants;
  • peer mentoring to provide additional structure and social support,
  • and monthly group events.

MOSSAIC participants may choose to enroll in all or some of these elements.

For participants working with a peer mentor, MOSSAIC mentees meet weekly one-on-one with their mentor, participate in monthly events with other mentors and mentees, build relationships within the group and around campus, and maximize their personal talents and strengths for ongoing success. The role of the peer mentor is to establish a strong and supportive relationship, and build on the mentee’s existing strengths as they navigate college – not to “fix” any aspect of neurological or social functioning.

A formal diagnosis of ASD is not a requirement of participation. Students may join the program at any time during their college or graduate school experience, as part- or full-time students, and as traditional or non-traditional students. There is a nominal quarterly cost for participation, with financial assistance available. For more information, please visit, email, or call (206) 543-5440.


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Low-Cost LSAT Prep Course at UW!

Are you interested in going to LAW school, but can’t afford to pay $1200+ for LSAT prep classes?

There will be a low-cost, high quality, LSAT prep course offered at UW (open to non-students as well). You can apply for the course (and see testimonials, etc.) at


The course will start in Oct. and prepares you for the Dec. test date. The comprehensive, 27 hour, live course includes 3
practice exams and costs $325. (a few students who qualify for financial need-based aid will pay about $225.)

The course is taught by a qualified instructor who has been trained by our national trainer. All instructors for Campus Prep
must meet certain requirements (including having a high LSAT score), and must undergo a rigorous training program by top

LSAT PREP COURSE SCHEDULE: (please let us know if this schedule doesn’t work for you)

Wednesdays 6-9pm
10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15

Proctored (practice) exams:  Sat. 10/14 11-2pm, Sun. 11/5 11-2pm, Sat. 11/11 11-2:30pm

“The same caliber as traditional prep courses, but it comes at a cheaper cost.”
-Kristine Jackson, Dean of Admissions at CU Boulder Law

You can try the course by having until midnight on the day of the first class session to receive a full refund for any reason.

Apply ASAP at, as there will likely be more applications than there are spaces available. Email questions to

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Hall Health Groups, Fall 2017


To register, call Hall Health’s Mental Health Clinic: (206) 543-5030
We bill health insurance.

Beginning Mindfulness Meditation
Wednesdays, 3:30-5PM (Meghann Gerber)
Develop skills to address tendancies to criticize, ruminate, react,or avoid
Meghann Gerber, PsyD

Mindfulness Meditation Follow-Up
Wednesdays, 12-1PM (Meghann Gerber)
Thursdays, 12-1PM (Meghann Gerber)
Fridays, 12:30-1:30PM (Carey DeMartini)
For those who are already familiar with mindfulness meditation

Wednesdays, 3-5PM
Fridays, 10AM-12PM
Learn strategies to overcome perfectionism and procrastination
Ricardo Hidalgo, LMHC

A Mindful Approach to Working with Anxiety
Tuesdays, 10-11:30AM
Learn to approach life stresses with mindfulness
Carey DeMartini, LMHC

Relationships & Life Skills Group
Thursdays, 1-3PM
Increase skills in understanding emotions, practicing emotional regulation strategies, identifying interpersonal goals and social
Min Lee Booth, LMHC skills

Between Cultures
Tuesdays, 10-11:30AM
For those who feel trapped between two cultures and are looking for “home.”
Min Lee Booth, LMHC
Ricardo Hidalgo, LMHC

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Happy New Year!


Welcome to the 2017/2018 Academic Year!

We at the Sociology Advising office are thrilled to have you all back on campus.

We have a few things to let you know:

First, we are here in advising and we are eager for your questions! So call 206-543-5396 to make an appointment or email You can come by for drop-ins if you have an extremely short/small question or need a signature, otherwise make an appointment.

Second, there are still room in some of our classes, so check out the Time Schedule and add a class or two. Special note that a perennial favorite professor, Alexes Harris, is back in the classroom and teaching SOC 362.

Finally, we’d like to announce a few changes in the Sociology Advising office

Carter Merklinghaus, our Graduate Student Advisor and Blog Queen for the past year has moved to Sun Valley, ID to work on her dissertation (and possibly to do some skiing).

After several years of devoted service to our Writing Center and its students, Sara Tomczuk received her Ph.D. and is now working as an instructor (her autumn quarter classes are SOC 110 and SOC 401B).

After a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal, we couldn’t be happier to welcome back Ande Reisman as our Graduate Student Advisor. Ande has served in this capacity for multiple years in the past and she’s eager to connect with our majors, wanna-be-majors, and all Sociology fans out there.

We are very excited to welcome Danny Nolan as our new Writing Center TA and he is excited to meet all of you for consultations on your papers for sociology classes. As an attorney in a previous life, he has extensive experience creating persuasive and convincing arguments. He’s here to coach our students to be the best advocates they can be – and he’ll do his best not to turn too many students into lawyers.

All of us in Advising are looking forward to pouncing on a great year!


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Research Opportunity!

Have you ever been in the library working on a research paper and wondered what it would be like to collect data in the real world?

Looking for a Summer B Term (and potentially Autumn 2017) research opportunity?


Sociology graduate students Carter Merklinghaus and Daniel Nolan are looking for a few undergraduate students who would like to join our research team for our current project that focuses on US veterans. We are conducting a mixed-methods study comprised of 1.5-2 hour in-depth interviews and 15-20 minute online surveys.

This is an unpaid research position but has the option for academic credit!

The purpose of our study is to provide an in-depth descriptive exploration of life before, during, and after service in the US military, focusing on two key themes: 

  1. How the military shapes identity
  2. How the military does or does not shape substance use (alcohol, drugs, and prescription medication)

We are currently in the process of interviewing respondents about their service, and we’re looking for a few undergraduates who would be interested in joining our team immediately!

Duties will include:

  • Data collection, data entry, and database management
    • Developing transcriptions of taped interviews
      • Type up recordings and save files into a password-protected encrypted software
      • Aid researchers in quickly skimming and assessing the relevance of an interview
      • Help researchers comprehend voices on the tapes that are difficult to hear/understand
    • Researching relevant literature that has been conducted on similar topics
      • Constructing annotated bibliographies
  • Recruiting Subjects
    • Calling local businesses to see if we can mail them a flyer about our study
    • Preparing flyers for mail
    • Sending emails to businesses interested in participating in subject recruitment
  • Weekly meetings to train you to the process, exchange notes, debrief materials, turn in files, and receive new interview tapes.

Experience gained: 

  • An in-depth understanding of how mixed-methods research is conducted
  • Quickly reviewing and assessing the relevance of each interview, as well as previously published literature
  • Helping researchers by comprehending voices on the tapes that are difficult to hear or understand
  • Adeptness of using and/or formulating scripts for formal outreach to businesses who may be interested in sharing our study information
  • Ability to conduct outreach on behalf of the research team
  • Familiarity with published literature on the research topic


  • Good attention to detail
  • Motivated
  • Friendly/outgoing, comfortable talking on the phone and discussing our study
  • Comfortable listening to highly personal information shared in the interviews that may be sensitive and/or disturbing. The desired student will have no problem keeping the content of the interviews completely confidential between the research team only.
  • Some computer background
    • Reasonable typing speed
    • Comfortable listening to the transcription tapes and typing them up
  • General availability over the summer
  • We will train you on campus! 

Time commitment and necessary equipment: 

  • Varies. In order to earn credit, students need to perform 3 hours of work per week, per credit. You should expect to work at least 9 hours per week (3 credits).
  • The specific responsibilities will depend, in part, on the number of hours per week that the student is able to work, as well as the student’s schedule. You will need to be available for training. 
  • Regular meetings will take place once per week on campus in SAV 203  (to be arranged).
  • Work will be conducted from home, you will not need to commute to campus except for the weekly meetings.
  • Equipment needed: 
    • Personal computer with internet access and access to Google Drive/Docs
    • USB port on computer for thumb drive
    • Headphones that connect to computer

The study is currently running and accepting respondents through  November 1st, so there may be some opportunity for continued work in the Fall.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email Carter at with the following information: 

  1. Your name
  2. If you are available for Summer Quarter B term only or for Summer B Term and Fall Quarter.
  3. Your class standing
  4. Include your resume or list separately any relevant coursework and/or research experience.
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Sociology Student Spotlight: Carol Xie is the Al Black Award Recipient!

Congratulations to Sociology Student Carol Xie!!

**Al Black Community Service Award Winner, 2017!**

Interested in applying for the Al Black Award next year? Read more about it Here (2017 Al Black Info)

Congrats on such a fantastic achievement, we’re proud of you!

-Sociology Student Services

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